“Complacency is not in the vocabulary” and standards remains sky-high at the handsome Great House, which summons up pleasing thoughts of France in the heart of medieval Lavenham. Ancient timbers blend with muted colours and modern art, while ever-charming, professional staff add to the mood of relaxed sophistication. Husband and wife Régis and Martine Crépy play perfect hosts to an appreciative crowd of cosmopolitan locals, here for French cooking that comes with plenty of modern flourishes. Flavours and textures are perfectly judged: slices of home-cured Barbary duck breast are enlivened by a marinade of walnut oil and rosemary, steamed fillet of wild turbot comes with a sesame crust, while gloriously tender roast saddle of venison is well matched by beetroot and Dijon mustard sauce. Puddings, such as an exemplary dark chocolate and hazelnut torte with zingy red orange sorbet are a must, although there’s a splendidly whiffy cheeseboard too. Wine lovers will find solace in the generously priced list.